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IKEA’S “BOOKBOOK” CAMPAIGN WINS 2014 POSITIVELY PRINT AWARD AT GRAPH EXPO 14

Award Honors Print Advocacy Campaign That Promotes the Power of Print Chicago, IL -IKEA’s clever and humorous video touting the power of a good old-fashioned print catalog generated more than 7.7 million online views in less than a week and caught the attention of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) Positively Print judges to win the 2014 award. “The IKEA spot is not only funny but also a great promotion …Read More

GRAPH EXPO 14 MUST SEE ‘EMS Best of Category Announced

GRAPH EXPO 14 “BEST OF CATEGORY” MUST SEE ‘EMS WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK CONFERENCE Best of the Best Technologies and Products Displayed, Demonstrated on the Show Floor at  GRAPH EXPO 14 Chicago, IL – The MUST SEE ‘EMS  “Best of Category” honors were announced at the end of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference on Sunday, September 28, opening day of GRAPH EXPO 14, which runs from September 28 – October …Read More

GRAPH EXPO 14 and CPP EXPO Roll Out Industry Event of the Year

GRAPH EXPO 14 AND CPP EXPO ROLL OUT THE GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY EVENT OF THE YEAR The Hottest Technologies, Unique New Applications, 50+ Co-located Events, Extensive Education and Networking Opportunities Highlight Cutting Edge Event Chicago, IL – Featuring the latest technologies from more than 440 exhibitors, dynamic show floor features, more than 50 co-located events, and an unmatched educational slate, GRAPH EXPO 14 will open tomorrow in Chicago’s McCormick Place …Read More

Accelerate Your Sales

The wind flowing through your hair (yours, not mine) as you descend Mt. Lemmon either on a bike or in a nifty convertible or the roar of the rapids as you maneuver the canoe through the white water. Pretty cool feelings if you’ve ever done either. Is that the same feeling you get when describing your new business sales process? Yeah, that’s what I thought. While it may not be a fair comparison, humor me. When you …Read More

Taking a Minority Position – Safeguards to Consider

If you are presently outsourcing a reasonable amount of business that is not a core market for you, you might want to partner with a company who does focus on this market. Partnering may mean making an investment in the partner company and becoming a minority shareholder. Some items you should consider before making this investment: Can the company produce the outsourced business with its present equipment and at a …Read More

Printed Paper versus Electronic Pixels – The Controversy Continues

A recent article reported that students at Brigham Young University preferred printed course materials to electronic course materials. When students were asked if they preferred printed or digital course materials, 65% said they preferred print. When asked if they learn better from print or digital course materials, 74% reported print. When asked if they read digital files or printed them, 72% said they printed some or all of the materials. …Read More

The State of Our Industry: Improved But Far From Takeoff Speed

In a few weeks we will publish our annual State of the Industry Report. The report describes our industry’s performance as improved but still far from “takeoff speed,” or those consistently healthy gains that lift prices and margins. Among the key results: • Sales have now increased three consecutive quarters, by an average of 2.4% per quarter, our strongest growth since 2007. • At $79.4 billion sales are up 3.3%, …Read More

AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Chapters Kick Off Fall Season of Regional Meetings

Association members can hear expert speakers, get the latest industry news, and network with their peers at get-togethers held in a dozen local areas around the nation. (Alexandria, Va., September 16, 2014)―AMSP/NAPL/NAQP members will be able to access the latest industry information and network with their peers in a convenient location as the association kicks off its fall season of regional meetings tomorrow. Printing, mailing, fulfillment, and marketing service providers …Read More

The YGS Group Acquires Print Management Inc.

Pennsylvania company makes strategic expansion to serve West Coast markets after nationwide M&A search by the NAPL Business Advisory Group.  East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 15, 2014)―The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) has announced that The YGS Group in York, Pa., has acquired Print Management Inc. in Tukwila, Wash., effective August 8, 2014. The acquisition is a strategic expansion of The YGS Group brand to the West Coast where Print Management …Read More

The Time Management Centerboard

by Bill Farquharson, NAPL Vice President Sailing itself, while detail oriented, is a simple concept. So is Time Management. There is preparation and planning and there’s execution. What occurred to me as I was splashing through Duxbury (MA) Bay in a Marshall 15 is that my sailboat moves when the wind pushes it, but the direction is determined mostly by the tiller and the centerboard. The whole experience is a …Read More